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ELPC’s New Report Calls on States to Regulate Water Pollution from Agriculture

ELPC’s new report, “Cultivating Clean Water,” was released recently.  The report, authored by ELPC and the Mississippi River Collaborative, provides an overview of existing state programs that regulate runoff pollution from agriculture and gives a template for creating effective regulations that work well for farmers and the environment. To download a copy of the report,

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ELPC Commends “Double Play” Federal Grants Relieve Chicago Rail Congestion and Help High-Speed Passenger Rail

$100 million for CREATE will improve both freight and passenger rail service The Environmental Law and Policy Center commended the U.S. Department of Transportation’s awards of TIGER grants in Midwest states that will benefit both freight and passenger rail. A $100 million TIGER grant will go toward untangling freight rail lines in the Chicago area.

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Iowa Approves Clean Water Rules – ELPC’s Work Pays Off

On February 8,  Iowa legislators approved statewide rules that will protect Iowa’s waters from pollution and stem the trend of declining water quality in Iowa’s lakes and streams. “This is great news for Iowa,” said Brad Klein, Staff Attorney at ELPC. “After years of delay, the legislature made the choice today to protect Iowa’s environment and

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ELPC Commends National Approach to High Speed Rail Project Selection

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today commended the Obama Administration for the diverse selection of high speed-rail projects and national approach to awarding $8 billion in stimulus funding. The 13 projects chosen represent critical first steps toward building a modern, national, passenger rail infrastructure and are the first significant passenger rail investments in

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Clean Water Advocates Announce Intent to Sue EPA to Set Pollution Standards

CLEAN WATER ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE INTENT TO SUE EPA TO SET STANDARDS NEEDED TO CONTROL PHOSPHORUS AND NITROGEN POLLUTION Decade of Inaction Has Left Wisconsin Waters Unsafe November 23, 2009 – A coalition of environmental groups seeks through legal action to push the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in

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EPA Blocks Air Permit for BP Refinery Expansion

Agency Decides in Favor of Citizens and Environmental Groups October 19, 2009 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued an objection to the operating permit for BP North America’s refinery in Whiting, IN that will require the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to rewrite the permit. The decision is a victory for

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ELPC Applauds Passage of Wisconsin’s Electronic Products Recycling Bill

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the Electronic Products Recycling Bill (Senate Bill 107) that requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the growing problem of electronic waste. The new bill, authored by Senator Mark Miller and cosponsored by Representative Penny Bernard Schaber, passed with a bipartisan vote of 57-37. “Electronic waste is the fastest growing

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Health and Environment Groups Intervene in Federal Pollution Case Against Coal Plant Operator

ELPC Applauds Passage of Wisconsin’s Electronic Products Recycling Bill Legislation will reduce toxic pollution and create jobs On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the Electronic Products Recycling Bill (Senate Bill 107) that requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the growing problem of electronic waste. The new bill, authored by Senator Mark Miller and cosponsored by

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ELPC and Coalition Announce Intent to Sue Coal Plant Owners For Violating Clean Air Act

ELPC stood with its coalition partners in front of the Fisk coal plant in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to announce the next step in our campaign to clean up Illinois’ coal plants. Midwest Generation, LLC faces a legal challenge from a coalition of Illinois health and environmental groups for releasing illegally high amounts of particulate matter

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Energy Efficiency Standards will Create Jobs, Savings and a Cleaner Environment for Indiana

Indianapolis – Business and environmental leaders gathered in Indianapolis today to make the case for national efficiency standards that will help our state reap the benefits from energy efficiency. A recent study shows that energy efficiency standards can create thousands of new jobs in Indiana and save consumers over $1 billion on utility bills. The

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